BACK PAIN AND CHIROPRACTIC

General, acute and chronic backache, back pain (not arising from injury or accident), including lumbago

Mechanical back pain is pain in the anatomic region of the back for which it is impossible to identify a specific pathologic cause of pain. It can include back pain with or without, pain in the lower limbs which may or may not interfere with activities of daily living. Back pain is extremely common affecting 80 percent of people at some stage in their lifetime.

Common Low Back Pain generators include:

  • Joint dysfunction / irritation
  • Muscle spasm or sprain
  • Disc lesion (bulge / herniation / protrusion)
  • Sacroiliac joint
  • Hips or Pelvis
  • Nerve irritation

Causes of Back pain

There are many potential causes of back pain. Physical, chemical and emotional stressors all contributing factors, while some of the more common predisposing factors include:

  • Postural alterations (forward head carriage, rounded shoulders etc)
  • Poor lifting techniques especially whilst bending and rotating the low back
  • Emotional stress can trigger back pain
  • Traumas such as accidents, knocks and falls
  • Pregnancy increases the mechanical load on the back and pelvis, and woman are especially prone to back pain later on in their pregnancy. Chiropractic care is very safe throughout pregnancy and the clinic benches are very accommodating.

Symptoms of Back Pain

There are many different types of symptoms associated with back pain. Back pain may be localised in the low back or it can radiate into the buttocks, groin or legs.

Patients often report pain to be:

  • Sharp
  • Aching
  • Dull
  • Stiff
  • Stabbing
  • Shooting or Electrical

X-ray for Low Back Pain

Several conditions can affect the low back. Pain generators may include soft tissue components, facet joints or capsules as well as nerve irritation. Depending on the extent of your presenting complaint/s and after performing numerous Orthopaedic and Neurological tests to assess the low back, hips and pelvis, if applicable, with our digital x-ray facility we will be able to assess for:

  • Altered spinal curvature
  • Disc Disease
  • Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease)
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Soft tissue calcifications
  • Congenital anomalies
  • Tumours
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations

Chiropractic treatment for Back Pain

Chiropractors treat mechanical back pain using a package of care that may include manual therapies (spinal manipulation), exercise, rehabilitation and therapeutic advice.

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There is considerable evidence to support this Chiropractic approach to patient care: